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Cumin seeds/Jeera is a popular Indian spice used in every day cooking and medicinal purposes to heal digestive disorders, constipation, etc. in babies, toddlers, kids, and even adults. Some babies don’t prefer the whole cumin seeds as it comes in the mouth while eating, and this cumin powder is the best to opt for them!

I have already shared cumin water recipe for babies, and this fragrant cumin powder recipe comes handy when preparing savory porridges, khichdi, soups, etc. for your baby. Also, tastes flavorful than store-bought cumin powder!

Check here the details about the health benefits of Cumin seeds, how to introduce cumin to babies, how to select them, and the method of preparing cumin water at home.

How to use this Cumin Powder for babies:
This cumin powder can be included in babies diet from 6 months. When you start, begin with a pinch of powder and can be added to baby’s khichdi or porridge. Once the baby starts eating all family food, you can gradually increase the quantity to 1/4 tsp.
Points to consider while preparing cumin powder:
  • Roast the cumin seeds in low flame and make sure to not to burn it as it gives a burnt smell when used in recipes.
  • Don’t roast it for too long, roast until its aromatic. If the cumin seeds are roasted for too long, it may taste bitter.
  • Make sure to grind the cumin seeds to a fine powder.
  • Store the Roasted cumin powder in a cool and dry place. Stays good for 1-2 months.
  • Always prepare cumin powder in small batches as it stays fresh in that way.
Now let’s get on to check how to make cumin powder for babies, toddlers, and kids.
Homemade Roasted Cumin Powder For Babies and Kids
 
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
10 mins
 
Cumin powder recipe - detailed step by step method of preparing cumin powder at home
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Baby Food
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • Cumin Seeds - ½ cup
Instructions
  1. Measure cumin seeds. Clean the seeds by discarding muds if any. Organic cumin seeds won't have impurities in general. Heat a pan and dry roast cumin seeds in low flame until the color changes, and pleasant aroma comes. It may take 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame once done.
  2. Once the cumin seeds are cooled down, grind them in a blender to a fine powder. Spread it on a plate, cool down and store it in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2
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Here is the detailed video of how to introduce cumin seeds for babies, helath benefits with cumin water and cumin powder recipes 

Cumin Seeds for Babies, Uses and Benefits | Cumin Powder & Cumin water Recipes - YouTube

Method :

1. Measure cumin seeds. Clean the seeds by discarding muds if any. Organic cumin seeds won’t have impurities in general. Heat a pan and dry roast cumin seeds in low flame until the color changes, and pleasant aroma comes. It may take 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame once done.

2. Once the cumin seeds are cooled down, grind them in a blender to a fine powder. Spread it on a plate, cool down and store it in an airtight container.
Homemade Cumin powder is ready!
Notes :
  • Always check with your doctor before giving any new food to your baby.
  • Begin with a small amount and always serve cumin in moderation.
  • Make sure to use husk free cumin seeds to prepare this cumin powder

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Moong Dal Ragi Porridge for Babies – Healthy weight gaining porridge made with homemade ragi moong dal mix. The combination of ragi and moong dal is filling and wholesome for baby, so it can be given as a breakfast for babies from 6 months after introducing each ragi and moong dal separate. Get more information about introducing ragi to babies and ragi recipes here.

Now Let’s check how to make this ragi moong dal porridge for babies & toddlers with homemade ragi moong dal powder.

Moong Dal Ragi Porridge for Babies & Toddlers | Baby Food
 
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
15 mins
 
Moong Dal Ragi Porridge - Easy, healthy porridge for babies with ragi and moong dal mix
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Baby Food
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • Moong Dal Ragi Powder - 2 tbsp
  • Palm sugar Powder/Dates powder/dates syrup - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Homemade Ghee - ½ Tsp
  • Water - ½ cup
Instructions
Preparation
  1. Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
Method
  1. Keep all the ingredients ready. Add 2 tbsp of ragi moong dal powder into a pan. Then add ½ cup of water to it.
  2. Add ½ tsp of ghee. Mix it well with a whisk so that no lumps are formed.
  3. Cook the ragi moong dal powder in low, medium flame for 5 minutes or until the ragi gets cooked entirely and becomes shiny. Stir it continuously while cooking otherwise it may stick to the vessel. Once it is cooked, add dates powder/palm sugar powder (if using).
  4. Mix well. Cook it further for 2-3 minutes with continuous stirring. Switch off the flame once done.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1
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Here is the video recipe for how to make moong dal ragi porridge for babies and toddlers

Moong Dal Ragi Porridge For Babies | Ragi Cerelac For 6 Months + Babies - YouTube

Preparation :
1. Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
Method:
1. Keep all the ingredients ready. Add 2 tbsp of ragi moong dal powder into a pan. Then add 1/2 cup of water to it.
2. Add 1/2 tsp of ghee. Mix it well with a whisk so that no lumps are formed.
3. Cook the ragi moong dal powder in low, medium flame for 5 minutes or until the ragi gets cooked entirely and becomes shiny. Stir it continuously while cooking otherwise it may stick to the vessel. Once it is cooked, add dates powder/palm sugar powder (if using).
4. Mix well. Cook it further for 2-3 minutes with continuous stirring. Switch off the flame once done.
Healthy moong dal ragi porridge is ready to feed your baby.
Notes :
  • Feed more water to the baby when giving ragi. Otherwise, it might cause constipation.
  • You can add formula milk once the porridge is warm.
  • Make sure to cook the ragi thoroughly before serving to baby. If it is undercooked, it may cause loose motion.
  • For babies above one year, you can use cows milk instead of water.
  • Generally, homemade ragi moong dal powder doesn’t cause any allergies, but check for symptoms and stop feeding your baby if you find any.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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Ragi Moong Dal Powder for Babies – healthy porridge mix for with ragi seeds, almonds, and moong dal. I have already shared a wheat porridge mix with wheat flour moong dal and almonds. In this recipe, I have replaced wheat flour with ragi flour. You can make porridge with this porridge mix, and it is a nice variation to the usual ragi porridge, and it helps in healthy weight gain in babies.

This ragi moong dal powder can be given to babies from 6 months after introducing each ingredient separately. For Toddlers, you can make dosa with this ragi moong dal mix by adding water. The dosa recipe is similar to this instant ragi dosa. Also, check out more health mix powder recipes for babies here.

Now Let’s check how to make ragi moong dal powder for babies and toddlers.

Ragi Moong Dal Powder Recipe for Babies | Moong Dal Ragi Cerelac
 
Prep time
12 hours
Cook time
30 mins
Total time
12 hours 30 mins
 
Ragi Moong Dal Porridge Mix for Babies with ragi aka finger millet, moong dal, and almonds.
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Baby Food
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • Ragi Seeds - ½ cup
  • Moong dal - ¼ cup
  • Almonds - 2 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Measure ragi, moong dal, and almonds in a measuring cup and keep everything ready. Take ragi in a vessel and wash it by rubbing well with your hands. It has lots of mud so repeat the process 2 to 3 times unless it is clean and get rid of all dirt.
  2. Soak the ragi in fresh water for 12 hours. Keep it covered (with provision to some air to enter) while soaking. After 12 hours, open. The color of the ragi will be changed after soaking.
  3. Then drain the water completely. You can sun dry the ragi for 5-6 hours, or you can directly start roasting in a pan. Transfer the drained ragi to a thick bottomed pan and dry roast the ragi in a pan in low flame for 5 minutes or until it’s toasted. Remove from the pan and cool it down.
  4. Heat a pan and dry roast the almonds until it is hot to touch. Remove roasted almonds from the pan and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool down for some time.
  5. Then wash the moong dal thoroughly in running water and dry it under the sun for 30 minutes or you can directly start roasting in a pan. Add the drained moong dal in the same pan and dry roast it until it changed to a golden brown. It may take five minutes. Remove the roasted moong dal from the pan and transfer it to a plate.
  6. Take the roasted ragi to a dry mixer jar and blend it to a smooth powder.
  7. Once almonds and moong dal are cooled down, grind it together in the blender to a smooth powder.
  8. Then sieve it with a sieve and collect the sieved powder in a big plate. Once done, cool it down and store it in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Cup
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Here is the video of how to make ragi moong dal porridge mix for Babies
Moong Dal Ragi Powder For Babies | Ragi Cerelac For 6 Months + Babies - YouTube

Method :
1. Measure ragi, moong dal, and almonds in a measuring cup and keep everything ready.  Take ragi in a vessel and wash it by rubbing well with your hands. It has lots of mud so repeat the process 2 to 3 times unless it is clean and get rid of all dirt.
2. Soak the ragi in fresh water for 12 hours. Keep it covered (with provision to some air to enter) while soaking. After 12 hours, open. The color of the ragi will be changed after soaking.
3. Then drain the water completely.  You can sun dry the ragi for 5-6 hours, or you can directly start roasting in a pan. Transfer the drained ragi to a thick bottomed pan and dry roast the ragi in a pan in low flame for 5 minutes or until it’s toasted. Remove from the pan and cool it down.
4. Heat a pan and dry roast the almonds until it is hot to touch. Remove roasted almonds from the pan and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool down for some time.
5. Then wash the moong dal thoroughly in running water and dry it under the sun for 30 minutes or you can directly start roasting in a pan. Add the drained moong dal in the same pan and dry roast it until it changed to a golden brown. It may take five minutes. Remove the roasted moong dal from the pan and transfer it to a plate.
6. Take the roasted ragi to a dry mixer jar and blend it to a smooth powder.
7. Once almonds and moong dal are cooled down, grind it together in the blender to a smooth powder.
8. Then sieve it with a sieve and collect the sieved powder in a big plate. Once done, cool it down and store it in an airtight container.
Healthy ragi moong dal powder is ready!
Notes :
  • Introduce each ingredient in the ragi porridge mix separate and try this recipe for your baby.
  • You can also blanch, peel the almonds and powder it
  • You can store this ragi moong dal powder in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It stays well 2 to 3 months.
  • Make sure you cool down thoroughly after roasting & blending. Otherwise, it will let out moisture.
  • You can also grind the ragi in mill if you’re preparing larger quantities.
  • If grinding at home, do it in intervals to avoid overheating of the blender.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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Dates Puree/ Dates Paste For Babies – Date is a healthy dry fruit, packed with essential minerals and nutrients, therefore its a superfood for babies and growing children.  Also, the natural sweetness in dates makes a perfect sweetener for baby food and a healthy alternative to sugar. I have already shared a date syrup recipe. This date paste is another simple sweetener that you can make with dates and comes handy when making baby food! 

Read more here on the health benefits of dates and how to introduce dates to your baby

Points to be considered while preparing Date Paste
  • Soaking time depends on the type of dates used. You can soak it overnight or 10 mins in warm/hot water!
  • Use soft dates for best results preferably Medjool variety
  • Use 1 cup of dates if you want to prepare in larger quantities!
How long can the Date paste be stored?

Date paste stays suitable for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator or freezes up to 6 months in the freezer!

How much amount of  Date Paste can be given to Babies?
  • You could give 1-2 tsp of date paste as a separate puree for your baby or add this date paste to any baby food. Gradually increase the quantity as the baby grows!
  • Follow three days rule. If your baby does not have any allergies, continue with dates paste
What are the other ways to consume this Date Paste For Babies and Toddlers?
  • Can be a sweetener for baby/toddler porridges, purees, etc
  • Use as a spread for dosas, pancakes, Chapati/roti or bread
  • Bake your cake with it instead of sugar
  • Replace Sugar with date paste in any dessert!

Now let’s get on to check how to make date paste for babies, toddlers, and kids.

Date Paste Recipe For Babies and Toddlers | Sweetener for baby food
 
Date Paste/Dates Puree - healthy sweetener for baby and toddler food
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Baby Food
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • Dates - 5 big ones
  • Water - 2 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Take dates in a bowl and deseed them. Discard the seeds.
  2. Add hot or warm water to the pitted dates till it immersed level. Soak the dates in water for 5 to 10 mins. Alternatively, you can also soak the dates overnight in water.
  3. When the dates are soft enough to mash/grind, transfer to a blender along with soaked water. Grind it to a smooth paste. Don't add all the soaked water at once. Add little by little. The date paste should be smooth and thick.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup
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Here is the video of how to make date paste/date puree for babies
Date Paste/ Dates Puree for 6+ Months Babies | Healthy natural sweetener for Baby Food - YouTube
Method:
1. Take dates in a bowl and deseed them. Discard the seeds.
2. Add hot or warm water to the pitted dates till it immersed level. Soak the dates in water for 5 to 10 mins. Alternatively, you can also soak the dates overnight in water.
3. When the dates are soft enough to mash/grind, transfer to a blender along with soaked water. Grind it to a smooth paste. Don’t add all the soaked water at once. Add little by little. The date paste should be smooth and thick.
Fresh date paste/ date puree is ready!
Notes :
  • Adding more water while blending makes the paste watery, and it won’t stay suitable for a long time.
  • Soaking time purely depends on the date used; some types of dates need more soaking.
  • Keep the date paste refrigerated and consume within2-3 weeks, use a clean, dry spoon every-time while using.
  • Giving this date paste too often makes the baby as a sweet tooth. Hence its always recommended using this date in moderation.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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Coconut milk is a nutritious, tasty, and super food for babies and kids, its believed as the next best thing to breast milk. Including it regularly in kids diet is an excellent way to improve their bone strength and immunity to fight diseases. The miracle liquid has a creamy texture and natural sweetness, which makes it perfect for babies.

Here are some recipes to include coconut in your kid’s menu. Read more to know information about the nutritional benefits of coconut milk, how and when to introduce coconut milk to the baby etc.

When can I introduce Coconut Milk to my baby?

Coconut milk can be introduced to babies diet from 8 months. Giving plain coconut milk to babies is not a good idea, hence add a few tablespoons of coconut milk to mashed vegetables or any porridge to enhance the taste and creaminess. Please keep in mind that for babies below one year, breast milk or formula should be primary and it should not be replaced with coconut milk.

For Toddlers and kids, you can add it to milkshakes, kheer, smoothies, soups, rice, or curry.  You can give a maximum 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of coconut milk per day for babies and toddlers. Don’t give more amount than mentioned as it keeps the tummy full for a long time, and hence, the child cannot eat other foods. Also, note that coconut milk cannot be used as a complete substitute for cows milk for toddlers and growing kids as its low in calcium and protein.

How to select and store Coconut Milk for Baby Food
  • Freshly extracted homemade coconut milk is recommended for babies as it has a nice flavor and naturally sweet, unlike the store bought coconut milk.
  • Use the homemade coconut milk directly or refrigerate as per your preference. It stays good for four days in the refrigerator.
  • In case of emergencies, you could opt for an organic, unsweetened store-bought canned coconut milk. Store in the refrigerator once the can is opened and finish within 4-5 days.
Nutrients in Coconut Milk

Here is the nutrition information of  1 cup of coconut milk (100 g)

Source: USDA

Health Benefits of Coconut Milk for Babies and Toddlers
  • The phosphorus and magnesium content in coconut milk helps to build healthy muscles
  • Keep your baby’s skin glow as its rich in Copper
  • Vitamin C in coconut milk improves immunity in children
  • Helps to relieve from constipation due to its electrolytes and healthy fats
  • One cup of coconut milk contains 25% 0f daily iron, which prevents anemia in children.
Coconut Milk Recipes for Babies Toddlers, and Kids

Here are some recipes to include the nutritious coconut milk in your child’s menu.

1. Homemade Coconut Milk (8 Months+)

Coconut milk is readily available in the market, but homemade coconut milk is fresh and tastes delicious! The process of making coconut milk at home is simple, except for the grating part. You can use the coconut milk immediately or refrigerate as per your preference.

2. Vegetable Oats Porridge with Coconut Milk (8 Months+)

Vegetable Oats Porridge is a smooth, quick, one pot savory porridge for babies and toddlers with vegetables, oats, and coconut milk! This creamy oats porridge is wholesome and filling that it can be given to babies as breakfast or even lunch.

3. Rice Moong Dal Kheer With Coconut Milk (8 Months+)

Easy to make, tasty and healthy dessert recipe for babies and toddlers with coconut milk and homemade rice moong dal cereal. It makes a delicious and filling dessert for small babies, even toddlers.

4. Dates Kheer with Coconut Milk (8 Months+)

Dates kheer is a quick, healthy, no sugar kheer made with dates, nuts, dry fruits coconut milk. This delicious dates kheer recipe is very easy to make within 15 minutes. It can be served as a quick dessert for babies after introducing dates and coconut milk separately.

5. Poha Kheer with Coconut Milk (8 Months+)

Poha kheer is an instant kheer made with poha aka flattened rice, nuts, dry fruits, and coconut milk. It is so simple to make with fewer ingredients, and it takes only 15 minutes to prepare this delicious tasting kheer. It can be served as a dessert or as a quick evening snack for babies and toddlers.

6. Broken Wheat Kheer with Coconut Milk (8 Months +)

Healthy dessert made with Dalia/ broken wheat/cracked wheat, nuts, and coconut milk! Dalia is a great healthy food for babies and kids, hence its recommended to include them in their diet at least once in a week. This dalia kheer tastes so yummy! I am sure your little ones & the whole family will like it!

7. Sabudana Porridge with Coconut Milk (8 Months +)

Energy boosting porridge recipe made with Sabudana/sago/javvarisi and coconut milk. This Sabudana porridge is a weight gaining food for babies and growing toddlers!

8. Mango Apricot Smoothie with Coconut Milk (8 Months +)

Tasty smoothie recipe made with mangoes, apricot and coconut milk! This smoothie is one of the best ways to include apricots in children’s diet! Make sure to introduce mango and coconut milk separate before you try this mango apricot smoothie to your baby.

9. Banana Kheer With Coconut Milk (8 Months +)

 A delicious dessert made with Kerala long banana /Nenthram pazham, nuts, and coconut milk! Kerala banana is a great healthy food for growing babies and kids, that helps in healthy weight gain too. This banana kheer is sure a healthy treat to babies and kids, as it is tasty and delicious.

10.Fish Curry with Coconut Milk (10 Months+)

Mildly spiced fish curry with coconut milk apt for babies, toddlers, and kids. This fish curry is very easy to make within 30 minutes and goes well with plain rice, Idli, or Dosa.

11.Moong Dal Kheer with Coconut Milk (8 Months +)

Easy and healthy dessert made with moong dal, nuts, and coconut milk or milk! Moong dal is an easily digestible & healthy food for babies and kids. This Kheer tastes so tasty and filling with simple ingredients. This moong dal kheer can be given to babies as a quick dessert.

12.Coconut Milk Rice (1 Year+)

Mildly flavored rice with coconut milk, cashews, ghee, and tempering. The coconut milk rice is one of the tasty and healthy rice variety, which is just apt for kids. You can serve this coconut milk rice with curd or any vegetable curry of your choice.

13. Kiwi Banna Smoothie with Coconut Milk (8 Months+)
Creamy smoothie with kiwi, banana and coconut milk. Adding Banana and coconut milk to this smoothie helps in getting a creamy texture and subsides the slight sour & bitter taste of the kiwi fruit. This kiwi banana smoothie makes an excellent healthy breakfast smoothie option for toddlers and kids!

Easy, quick, one pot meal made with vegetables, nuts, coconut milk, and rice in a pressure cooker. Pulaos or biryanis are one of the best ways to sneak in veggies to fussy eaters diet. Also, it’s apt for the lunch box too. It goes well with plain curd or any raita. This vegetable nuts pulao can be given to babies once the baby started eating all family foods.

15. Vegetable Biryani with Coconut Milk (8 Months+)

Quick Vegetable biryani prepared with rice, vegetables, and coconut milk! It is very easy and fast to make when you have chopped mixed vegetables in hand. You can add any vegetable of your choice like carrots, beans, potatoes, cauliflower, peas and baby corns for making this vegetable biryani.

Try these delicious coconut milk recipes for babies & kids and add the nutritious liquid in your child’s’ menu!

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Carrot Oats Porridge: Healthy porridge recipe for babies and toddlers with homemade oats cereal and carrots. Oats is a versatile and best food for babies with calcium, protein, fiber, etc.,.The Carrot Oats Porridge is flavorsome and tempting and ideal for babies as a breakfast or dinner!

This carrot oats porridge doesn’t need any extra sweetener; the inherent sweetness of carrots gives a sweet taste to the oatmeal. This carrot oats porridge can be given to babies from 6 months. Check out other oats recipes for babies and toddlers too.

Now let’s get on to check how to make carrot oats porridge for babies and toddlers.

 

Carrot Oats Porridge Recipe for Babies and Toddlers
 
Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
20 mins
 
Carrot Oats porridge - healthy porridge made with oats & carrot for babies and toddlers
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Porridge
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • Homemade Oats Cereal* - ¼ cup
  • Water - 1 Cup
  • Carrot - 1 medium sized or ½ cup sliced
  • Dates - 2
  • Nuts Powder - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Breastmilk/Formula Milk - ¼ cup (optional)
  • * If using whole oats powder, and use
Instructions
  1. Soak two dates in warm water. Wash carrot in running water well. Peel the skin off from the carrot with a peeler. Then slice them into pieces. Transfer the carrot slices into a pressure cooker and add ½ cup of water
  2. Pressure cook the carrots in medium flame for one whistle. Open the cooker once pressure released.
  3. Transfer the cooked carrots along with soaked dates to a blender.
  4. Grind it into a smooth paste. Set aside.
  5. Take the oats in a pan and 1 cup of water to it. (If using the whole oats, Grind it in a mixer to a slightly coarse powder and use)
  6. Mix well with a whisk. Make sure that no lumps are formed. Cook the oats in low, medium flame for 3 to 5 minutes or until it is thoroughly cooked in sauce consistency. Keep stirring while cooking.
  7. Once the oats are thoroughly cooked, add ground carrot puree and nuts powder. Mix well.
  8. Switch off the flame once done. For babies below one year, switch off the porridge at this stage & add breastmilk or formula when the porridge is warm.
  9. For babies above one year, use cows milk & boil it further for 2-3 minutes and remove from flame.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2
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Here is the video of how to make carrot oats porridge for Babies and Toddlers

Carrot Oats Porridge Recipe for Babies & Toddlers | 8 Months+ Baby Food - YouTube

Method:
1. Soak two dates in warm water. Wash carrot in running water well. Peel the skin off from the carrot with a peeler. Then slice them into pieces. Transfer the carrot slices into a pressure cooker and add 1/2 cup of water.
2. Pressure cook the carrots in medium flame for one whistle. Open the cooker once pressure released.

 

3. Transfer the cooked carrots along with soaked dates to a blender.
4. Grind it into a smooth paste. Set aside.
5. Take the oats in a pan and 1 cup of water to it. (If using the whole oats, Grind it in a mixer to a slightly coarse powder and use)
6. Mix well with a whisk. Make sure that no lumps are formed. Cook the oats in low, medium flame for 3 to 5 minutes or until it is thoroughly cooked in sauce consistency. Keep stirring while cooking.
7. Once the oats are thoroughly cooked, add ground carrot puree and nuts powder. Mix well.
8. Switch off the flame once done. For babies below one year, switch off the porridge at this stage & add breastmilk or formula when the porridge is warm.
9. For babies above one year, use cows milk & boil it further for 2-3 minutes and remove from flame.
Delicious carrot oats porridge is ready to feed your baby.
Notes :
  • This carrot oats porridge will become thick after cooling down, so switch off the flame accordingly. Adjust with warm water or milk while feeding if it becomes too thick.
  • Generally, oats don’t cause any allergies, but check for symptoms and stop feeding your baby if you find any.
  • You can add a tsp of palm sugar powder for babies above one year.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
  • Salt or sugar is not advisable for babies under one year.
  • Adding breastmilk/formula or cows milk is optional.

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Sabudana/Sago/Tapioca/Javvarisi is simple Indian food made from the roots of the tapioca tree. It is a good source of carbohydrates and little minerals, proteins, and vitamins.  It is often preferred as fasting food or taken during sickness as it gives instant energy. Sabudana is a good option for growing infants, too as it helps in weight gain and improves digestion.

Here are some recipes to include sabudana in your baby’s menu. Read more to know information about the health benefits of sabudana, how and when to introduce sabudana to the baby etc.

When can I introduce Sabudana to my baby?

Sabudana can be given to babies from 6 months after introducing rice, few vegetables &  fruits.  When introducing sabudana to your baby, cook the sabudana pearls with water, strain, and give the thick sabudana water alone. Gradually you can include the mashed sabudana pearls as well. Follow three days rule. If your baby does not have any allergies, continue with sabudana. The sabudana become soft and spongy after cooking. Don’t tempt to overcook the sabudana as it will turn sticky.

In the beginning, Give only 2-3 tsp of cooked sabudana to your baby and slowly increase the quantity. Sabudhana has more starch and no significant nutrition. Hence it is advisable to feed sabudana to babies occasionally and always load sabudana with nuts, milk or vegetables for added nutrients.

How to select and store Sabudana for Baby Food
  • There are two types of sabudana available in the market: Nylon and Common Sabudana. The nylon sabudana is partially pre-cooked (steamed and dried) before packaging. Choose common sabudana variety for baby food as it is less processed.
  • Sabudana also comes in different sizes: Small, Medium, and Large pearls. Select a medium or large size sabudana, which is suitable for most of the recipes and gives a nice texture.
  • Choose sabudana with full white color and no yellow shade.
  • You can buy sabudana from grocery stores or online stores like Amazon. Store in an airtight container after buying. Keep it in a cool and dry place, away from moisture.
Nutrients in Sabudana

Here is the nutrition information of  sabudana based on dry sabudana pearls (100 g)

Source: USDA

Health Benefits of Sabudana for Babies and Toddlers
  • Sabudana is weight gain food for babies and kids as it holds a lot of starch or carbohydrates.
  • The carbohydrates in sabudana also help to keep your child energetic throughout a day.
  • Sabudana is good for digestion. Beneficial in treating bloating, gas, flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea in babies and kids.
  • Best summer food for children as sabudana naturally cools the body.
  • Protein, Calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other minerals in sabudana strengthen the bone and muscles in growing kids.
Sabudana Recipes for Babies Toddlers, and Kids

Here are some recipes to include the sabudana in your child’s menu.

1. Sabudana Porridge (6  Months+)

Sabudana porridge is an energy-boosting porridge recipe made with Sabudana and water or milk. This sabudana porridge is best when you are introducing sabudana to your baby.  You can strain the sabudana pearls and offer the water alone, or you can blend the porridge in a mixer or blender.

2. Sabudana Porridge For Diahorea (6 Months+)

This sabudana porridge is another version of porridge with curd and cumin seeds, and ideal to offer during the episodes of loose motion or diarrhea. It controls diarrhea in children quickly and also gives instant energy.

3. Sabudana Khichdi (8 Months+)

Sabudana Khichdi is an easy and filling breakfast/snack recipe made with Sabudana, peanuts or cashews, and potatoes. It is too soft, mild on the stomach, and keep the kids energetic all day! This sabudana khichdi can be given to babies once they started eating a variety of family foods.

4. Sabudana Kheer (1 Year+)

Delicious tasting kheer made with sabudana, milk, and nuts. You can serve this as a quick dessert for babies from one year after introducing cows milk. Skip adding whole nuts for young kids and prefer nuts powder instead.

5. Sabudana Idli (10 Months+)

Sabudana idli is an instant, no fermentation idli made with sabudana, idli rava(cream of rice/rice rava) and curd. It is a quick and easy breakfast recipe you can make for a busy morning. This sabudana idlis are little bland in taste, so serve it with sambar, chutney, dal or any tasty side dish of your choice!

Try out these sabudana recipes for your baby. If you have some wonderful sabudana recipes for babies, do share them with us.

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Sathu Maavu ladoo/Health Mix Powder Ladoo – Healthy, quick ladoos made with sathu maavu powder aka health mix powder, ghee, and palm jaggery.  When your kids get bored of the usual sathu maavu porridge, you can make this delicious ladoos instead with the health mix powder/Sathu maavu. I am sure it is a tasty sweet treat for kids with added health benefits. You can make a large batch, store in an airtight container for a week and serve it as a snack anytime!

This sathu maavu ladoo is also a weight gaining food for toddlers and kids. It can be given to kids from one year after introducing sathu maavu/health mix powder separately.

Here is how to make sathu maavu ladoo for toddlers and kids.

Sathu Maavu Ladoo Recipe for Toddlers and Kids | Health Mix Laddu
 
Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
25 mins
 
Sathu Maavu laddu - easy, quick nutrition packed ladoos with sathu maavu aka health mix powder, ghee, and palm Jaggery
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Take ½ cup of sathu maavu/health mix powder and add it to a thick bottomed pan. Dry roast in low to medium flame for 3-5 minutes or until nice aroma comes. Remove from the flame once done. Cool it down.
  2. Take palm jaggery/jaggery in a saucepan. Add ¼ cup of water (or till it immersed level) and boil until the liquid becomes slightly thick (consistency should be thinner than honey).
  3. Strain the liquid to remove impurities. Set aside. Add 1 tbsp of ghee in a small pan, melt it and keep it ready.
  4. Now pour the palm jaggery syrup to the roasted sathu maavu and mix well. Then add hot melted ghee little by little.
  5. Start making balls when it is slightly warm to hold in hand. Store it in an airtight container once done.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 Small Ladoos
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Here is the video of how to make helath mix ladoo/sathu maavu ladoo for Toddlers and Kids
Sathu Maavu Ladoo Recipe For 1+ Year Babies | Health Mix Ladoo| Weight Gain Food - YouTube

Method:
1. Take 1/2 cup of sathu maavu/health mix powder and add it to a thick bottomed pan. Dry roast in low to medium flame for 3-5 minutes or until nice aroma comes. Remove from the flame once done. Cool it down.
2. Take palm jaggery/jaggery in a saucepan. Add 1/4 cup of water (or till it immersed level) and boil until the liquid becomes slightly thick (consistency should be thinner than honey).
3. Strain the liquid to remove impurities. Set aside. Add 1 tbsp of ghee in a small pan, melt it and keep it ready.

4.  Now pour the palm jaggery syrup to the roasted sathu maavu and mix well. Then add hot melted ghee little by little.

5. Start making balls when it is slightly warm to hold in hand. Store it in an airtight container once done.
Sathu Maavu ladoo/Health mix powder ladoo is ready!
Notes :
  • Make sure to roast the sathu maavu in low to medium flame. Keep stirring continuously and don’t let it burn.
  • Don’t make the palm jaggery syrup too thick. It makes the ladoos too hard over time.
  • Add palm jaggery syrup and ghee little by little. Otherwise, the mix may become watery. Don’t tempt to add all at once.
  • I used palm jaggery to make this sathu maavu ladoo as it has a unique flavor, which goes well with sathu maavu. But you can also use jaggery instead of palm jaggery.
  • You can add ground nuts powder or sesame seeds/peanut powder to make it more healthy.
  • You can also add cardamom powder/dry ginger powder for additional flavor. I have already added cardamom in the sathu maavu mix, so I skipped while making these ladoos.
  • Store the ladoos in an airtight container at room temperature or refrigerator depends on the weather. It stays well for a week.
  • Always check with your baby’s pediatrician before giving any new food to your baby.
  • Make sure to introduce everything separate to your baby before you try this sathu maavu ladoo.

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Instant Poha Porridge is an easy, no-cook, quick poha porridge recipe made with poha aka flattened rice, fruits, and milk. This porridge is super fast to make within 10 minutes, and it doesn’t require any cooking. Hence it is ideal when you travel with your baby or toddler. It can also be served as a quick breakfast for babies from 7 months. Also, check out other poha recipes for babies and toddlers.

Let’s get on to check how to make this easy poha banana porridge recipe for babies, toddlers & kids.
Poha Porridge Recipe for Babies and Toddlers
 
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
10 mins
 
Poha Porridge - easy and no cook recipe made with flattened rice that can be served as breakfast for kids
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • Thick Poha - ½ cup
  • Hot Water - ½ cup
  • Banana - 1 small
  • Jaggery Powder/Dates Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Nuts Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Breastmilk/Formula Milk/Cows Milk - 2 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Take ½ cup of poha in a bowl. Wash and drain the water completely. Use thick poha variety, which is soft enough to mash with 5 minutes of soaking.
  2. Add ¼ cup of hot water to the drained poha. Cover it with a lid and set this aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Take a banana, peel and mash it with a fork. You can also use soft mashable fruits like papaya, chikku, etc. instead of banana.
  4. Now to the soaked poha, add the mashed banana and jaggery powder/dates powder.
  5. Now add in nuts powder. Mash it very well until a soft consistency is reached.
  6. Now add breastmilk/formula. Mix it once again and serve! For babies above one year, you can use cows milk.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2
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Here is the video of how to make poha porridge for babies and toddlers

Instant Poha Porridge For Babies and Toddlers | Travel Food For Baby | 7 Months+ Baby Food - YouTube

Method :

1. Take 1/2 cup of poha in a bowl. Wash and drain the water completely. Use thick poha variety, which is soft enough to mash with 5 minutes of soaking.

2. Add 1/4 cup of hot water to the drained poha. Cover it with a lid and set this aside for 5 minutes.
3. Take a banana, peel and mash it with a fork. You can also use soft mashable fruits like papaya, chikku, etc. instead of banana.
4. Now to the soaked poha, add the mashed banana and jaggery powder/dates powder.
5. Now add in nuts powder. Mash it very well until a soft consistency is reached.
6. Now add breastmilk/formula. Mix it once again and serve! For babies above one year, you can use cows milk.
The poha porridge is ready!
Notes :
  • For babies above one year, you can use cows milk.
  • You can also use soft mashable fruits like papaya, chikku, etc. instead of banana.
  • Use thick poha variety, which is soft enough to mash with 5 minutes of soaking.
  • Make sure to introduce each ingredient separate to your baby, before you try this dahi poha recipe.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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Dates/Khajur is a sweet dry fruit from the date palm tree. Dates are an excellent replacement for sugar, the versatile dry fruit is incredibly delicious and makes excellent food for babies and kids as it is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and other essential minerals.

Here are some recipes to add dates in your kid’s menu. Read more to know information about the nutritional benefits of dates, how and when to introduce dates to the baby etc.

When can I introduce Dates to my baby?

Dates can be given to babies from 6 months after introducing rice, basic vegetables &  fruits.  When introducing dates to your baby, de-seed, soak 1-2 dates in water, grind it to make a puree. Give it as a separate puree or add it to any baby food. Follow three days rule. If your baby does not have any allergies, continue with dates.

You can give 2 to 3 dates per day at the maximum. You could also add a 1-2 tsp of homemade dry dates powder or dates syrup to the baby food as a sweetener if needed. Always serve dates in moderation to your kids!

How to select and store Dates for Baby Food
  • Select soft dates with smooth and glossy skin. Make sure the dates are not sugar-coated.
  • Medjool and Deljet Noor are the popular soft varieties of dates to choose for baby food.
  • Dates are available with seed and without seed. You can choose the type as per your convenience.
  • You can buy dates from grocery stores or online stores like Amazon. Store in an airtight container after buying. Place it in the refrigerator, and it stays good for 6-8 months.
  • If you are buying dry dates, make sure to opt for a good brand.
Nutrients in Dates

Here is the nutrition information of  dates based on Medjool dates (100 g)

Source: USDA

Health Benefits of Dates for Babies and Toddlers
  • Dates are packed with essential nutrients, minerals & proteins which ensures baby’s growth and development.
  • Contains a significant amount of iron hence prevents the child from iron deficiency or anemia.
  • Excellent natural sweetener and the natural sugars in dates are a high energy booster for kids.
  • Good source of dietary fiber and fights constipation in children.
  • Improves digestion and also beneficial for acidity & acid reflex in kids.
  • Strengthen the bone and muscles in growing kids as dates are packed with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other vital minerals.
  • Improves heart health in children if dates are taken regularly.
  • Antioxidants in dates help fighting diseases in babies and kids.
Dates Recipes for Babies Toddlers, and Kids

Here are some recipes to incorporate the nutritious dates in your child’s menu.

1. Beetroot Dates Halwa (8 Months+)

Iron-rich halwa recipe made with beetroots, dates and no sugar! It is a simple and super delicious dessert for babies and growing kids. Do try for your little ones and family to believe it!

2. Dates Kheer (8 Months+)

A quick, healthy, no sugar kheer made with dates, nuts, dry fruits, and coconut milk. It can be served as a quick dessert for babies and toddlers!

3. Dates Almond Balls (10 Months+)

Quick and easy energy balls made with dates and almonds. Dates almond balls are rich in nutrients and can be served as a snack in between meals to keep your kid energetic! Even it’s ideal for travel too.

4. Dry Dates Powder (6 Months+)

A natural sweetener for baby food made with dry dates. It can be a sweetener for your baby food or sweeten the desserts, cookies, or cake with it instead of sugar!

5. Dry Fruits Ladoo (10 Months+)

Smooth, quick, no sugar energy balls made with dates and other mixes of dry fruits and nuts. Dry fruits ladoos are best suited as a healthy snack in between meals, and it helps to stay kids energetic throughout the day. This ladoos are naturally sweet and chewable. Hence it is ideal for babies once they started chewing the food well.

6. Dates Syrup (6 Months +)

Date syrup is readily available in markets, but homemade ones are good & pure, which also gives a great self-satisfaction of making it at home. It can be a sweetener for baby/toddler porridge’s, kheer, purees, etc

7. Carrot Dates Porridge (6 Months +)

Carrot porridge is a tasty porridge prepared with carrots, dates and other dry fruits and nuts! This porridge has a naturally sweet taste from carrots, and dates hence don’t require any additional sweetener.


8. Wheat Dates Halwa (8 Months +)

This wheat halwa is prepared with whole wheat flour, dates and apple. It is wholesome and tasty that your baby will relish it!

9. Poha Dates Kheer (8 Months +)

Poha kheer is a quick kheer made with poha aka flattened rice, dates, nuts, other dry fruits and coconut milk/cow’s milk or formula. It can be served as a dessert or as a quick evening snack for babies from 8 months.

10. Dates and Dry Fruits Milkshake ( 1 Year +)

Fresh and healthy milkshake with dates, dry fruits, and nuts. The tasty and addictive milkshake is one of the best weight gaining recipes for kids as it has all the essential nutrients required. It is so filling, and hence it can be given as a breakfast when your child fusses about food.

11. Dates Banana Milkshake (1 Year+)

Creamy, healthy, energizing milkshake with dates and banana. Dates banana milkshake gives instant energy, very filling and it tastes so good that your little one empties the milkshake in no time.

12. Dry Dates Powder Muffin (1 Year +)

Easy muffins recipe made with dry dates powder, whole wheat flour, and no eggs! These are whole wheat muffins with dry dates powder as a sugar substitute! Try and enjoy this healthy sugar-free muffin for yourself and the kids at home.

13. Dry Fruits Rice (1 Year+)

Easy and healthy rice variety made with rice, dates, dry fruits, and nuts. This dry fruits rice is a special rice recipe which can be served as a snack/dessert or even as a meal for toddlers and kids. It tastes so good and unique!

14. Eggless Dates Walnut Cake (1 Year+)
Tasty and healthy cake recipe made with no sugar, whole wheat flour, dates, walnuts, and no eggs! No one would believe it has no sugar added in it. It has a lovely soft texture, delicious in taste, super healthy, and what not!!!

Dates almond milkshake is a fresh, creamy, and refreshing milkshake for toddlers and kids! There is no need for any sweetener in the milkshake as the sweetness from dates is sufficient.

Try these delicious dates recipes for babies & kids and add the nutritious dates in your child’s’ menu!

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